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What are the tests for sepsis?

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Dr. Abdul Ahmed
Orthopedic Surgery 41 years experience
Tests: Cbc, esr, crp, blood & wound culture, bone scan etc.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Many: Complete blood count with platelets, complete metabolic panel, arterial lactate, arterial blood gas, scvo2, procalcitonin, pt/ptt/inr... Repeat lactate measurements to help evaluate the success of the restoration of circulation, etc.
Dr. Robert Robinson
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Clinical diagnosis: Sepsis is a clinical diagnosis - there is no lab test for sepsis. Lab tests are used to assist in the diagnosis of sepsis. Look at the SOFA score to see how clinical information is put together to determine if someone has sepsis https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SOFA_score The SOFA score uses vital signs, physical exam, and lab tests to help determine if someone has sepsis

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What is sepsis?

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Dr. Ruben Nazario
Specializes in Pediatrics
A severe infection: Sepsis is the term used by doctors to describe a severe, life-threatening bloodstream infection. Sepsis can cause your baby's organs to fail. If untreated, sepsis can be fatal. Treatment with intravenous fluids and antibiotics, and close monitoring in the hospital can prevent serious complications.

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